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Hewlett Packard 11day stage race

HEWLETT PACKARD ELEVEN DAY STAGE RACE

DAY ONE- Boise to Idaho City Road Race- 69.5 miles

British women started well in the Hewlett Packard Womens Eleven Day Stage
Race in the United States, which has drawn a world class field. The top
womens event which was first held back in 1984, covers 625 miles in eleven
days, over a variety of stages including time trial, a criterium, one
circuit race and eight road stages.

Megan Hughes and Ceris Gilfillan finished 4th and 5th respectively
on the opening 69.5 miles leg from Boise to Idaho City. Australia’s
National Champion, Anna Wilson won the stage, ahead of Lithuania’s former
world champion, Diana Ziliute.

The leading group of ten including Wilson, Ziliute, Hughes and
Gilfillan, formed at the 20 mile mark. By the end of the race they were
over 3 minutes ahead of the field.

Gilfillan was the leading young rider and Hughes took the hot spot
jersey.

RESULT

1 Anna Wilson Australia 2hr 46min 16sec.
2 Diana Ziliute Lithuania same time
3 Ina-Yoko Tentenbera Germany same time
4 Megan Hughes GB same time
5 Ceris Gilfillan GB same time
14 Sara Symington GB at 3min 12sec.
28 Yvonne McGregor GB at 3min 12sec.
36 Emma Davies GB at 3min 12sec.
38 Sue Carter GB at 3min 12sec.
63 Sally Boyden GB at 15min 29sec.
Overall

1 Anna Wilson Australia 2hr 46min 4sec.
2 Diana Ziliute Lithuania at 6sec.
3 Ian-Yoko Tentenbera Germany at 8sec.
5 Ceris Gilfillan GB at 11sec.
6 Megan Hughes GB at 12sec.
28 Yvonne McGregor GB at 3min 24sec.
36 Emma Davies GB at 3min 24sec.
38 Sue Carter GB at 3min 24sec.
63 Sally Boyden GB at 15min 41sec.


DAY TWO-Lowman to Stanley Road Race-58.5 miles.

Smarting from missing the winning day one break France’s twelve
times world champion, Jeannie Longo, hit back to win stage two as Ceris
Gilfillan climbed to third place overall.

Longo now in her early forties, and Lithuania’s Diania Ziliute
crossed the line 41seconds ahead of the next group which contained Yvonne
McGregor who filled 10th spot one place ahead of Gilfillan at the end of
the 58.5 hilly miles.

Ziliute moved into the overall lead 44sec ahead of Australian Anna
Wilson with young Gilfillan the leading young rider, 3rd at 55seconds.

Sara Symington the only British rider to gain a podium place in a
World Cup event, moved into 2nd place in the Hot Spot competition.

RESULT

1 Jeannie Longo France 2hrs 25min 3sec.
2 Diane Ziliute Lithuania same time.
3 Vera Hohifeld Germany at 41sec.
10 Yvonne McGregor GB at 41sec.
11 Ceris Gilfillan GB at 41sec.
33 Sar Symington GB at 9min 2sec.
83 Emma Davies GB at 15min 42sec.
89 Sue Carter GB at 15min 42sec.
93 Megan Hughes GB at 15min 42sec.
96 Sally Boyden GB at 19min 18sec.

OVERALL

1 Diana Ziliute Lithuania 5hrs 11min 4sec.
2 Anna Wilson Australia at 44sec.
3 Ceris Gilfillan GB at 55sec.
16 Yvonne McGregor GB at 4min 8sec.
32 Sara Symington GB at 12min 27sec.
53 Megan Hughes GB at 15min 57sec.
59 Emma Davies GB at 19min 9sec.
60 Sue Carter GB at 19min 9sec.
93 Sally Boyden GB at 35min 2sec.

DAY THREE-Elkhorn Circuit Race-28.8 miles

Ceris Gilfillan retained her 3rd place overall at the end of stage
3 after a 28.8mile punishing circuit race at Elkhorn. The eighteen lap race
included a tough 1 kilometre climb every lap, not a course for the
sprinters.

By the finish twenty five riders had lapped half the field with
Jeannie Longo of France, aggressive throughout. Race leader, Dianna
Ziliute, piped the French ace to the line to retain her overall lead.

American national pursuit champion, Karen Kurreck, took the sprint
for 3rd at 5seconds. This group included Gilfillan 12th and Yvonne McGregor
16th.

McGregor the former world one hour record holder, for the second
day running worked tirelessly for young Gilfillan and moved herself up two
places overall to 14th.

Sarah Symington and Megan Hughes lie 3rd and 4th respectively in
the Hot Spot sprint competition..

RESULT.

1 Diane Ziliute Lithuania 4hrs 17min 8sec.
2 Jeannie Longo France same time
3 Karen Kurreck USA same time.
12 Ceris Gilfillan GB at 5sec.
16 Yvonne McGregor GB at 5sec.
39 Sara Symington GB at 5sec.
44 Megan Hughes GB at 2min 7sec.
65 Emma Davies GB at 6min 12sec.
81 Sue Carter GB at 7min 43sec.
97 Sally Boyden GB at 10min 1sec.

OVERALL

1 Diana Ziliute Lithuania 6hr 27min 59sec.
2 Anna Wilson Australia at 59sec.
3 Ceris Gilfillan GB at 1min 13sec.
14 Yvonne McGregor GB at 4min 26sec.
32 Sara Symington GB at 12min 45sec.
48 Megan Hughes GB at 18min 17sec.
59 Emma Davies GB at 25min 34sec.
64 Sue Carter GB at 27min 5sec.
99 Sally Boyden GB at 45min 16sec.

DAY FOUR-Rupert to Pomerelle Road Race- 56.4 miles.

Jeannie Longo the Olympic road champion, soloed to victory on
stage four as the field buckled under the French woman’s power. Ceris
Gilfillan despite slipping two places to 5th overall, is still mixing it
with the worlds best.

The 56.4 mile leg from Rupert to Pomerelle, finished with a 10 mile
climb up to the Pomerelle ski resort at 7800 feet.

Forty one year old Longo finished 2min 44sec ahead of Jolanta
Polikeviciute of Lithuania, who lead the next five finishers which included
overall race leader. Diana Ziliute. This blistering show of grit by the
French ace moved her up to second overall, from 7th trimming a 3min
16second deficit to 23 seconds.

Gilfillan came in 15th at 4min 52seconds and one minute and twelve
seconds behind Yvonne McGregor and three places lower.

Australia’s Commonwealth Time Trial champion, Anna Wilson, and
Longo leap frogged over Gilfillan the former triathlete, to push her down
to 5th. But the Brit still heads the young rider classification.

Sara Symington and Megan Hughes hold 3rd and 4th places
respectively in the Hot Spot Sprint competition with GB sixth in the team
standings.

Stage Five is an individual 15 mile Time Trial.

RESULT.

1 Jeannie Longo France 2hr 34min 56sec.
2 Jolanta Polikeviciute Lithuania at 2min 44sec.
3 Trixi Worrack Germany at 2min 44sec.
12 Yvonne McGregor GB at 3min 40sec.
15 Ceris Gilfillan GB at4min 52sec.
61 Sara Symington GB at 9min 31sec.
76 Megan Hughes GB at 12min 4sec.
78 Sue Carter GB at 12min 34sec
79 Emma Davies GB at 12min 34sec.
95 Sally Boyden GB at 18min 41sec.

OVERALL

1 Diana Ziliute Lithuania 9hr 5min 37sec.
2 Jeannie Longo France at 23sec.
3 Kimberly Smith USA at 1min 15sec.
5 Ceris Gilfillan GB at 3min 22sec.
14 Yvonne McGregor GB at 5min 23sec.
39 Sara Symington GB at19min 32sec.
52 Megan Hughes GB at 27min 38sec.
59 Emma Davies GB at 35min 25sec.
62 Sue Carter GB at 36min 46sec.
97 Sally Boyden GB at 1hr 1min 14sec.





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